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How To Get Rid Of Brown Spots On Skin

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When skin is exposed to the sun, it causes an increase in the production of cells known as melanocytes that increase melanin in the skin, thus turning the skin darker. These dark skin patches are known as brown spots, age spots, dark spots, sun spots and liver spots.

brown spots

Brown spots generally appear on exposed skin areas like the face, back, neck, chest, shoulders and hands. Some of the main causes of brown spots are sun exposure, aging, and genetics. Factors like stress, pregnancy, vitamin deficiencies, and weak liver functioning may also contribute to this problem.


The spots are usually harmless, but many consider them unattractive. To lighten brown spots, you can try a few easy and natural home treatments.

how to get rid of brown spots on skin

Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of brown spots on your skin.

1. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has bleaching properties that can help get rid of brown spots. Plus, it helps maintain soft, clear and beautiful skin.


brown spots home remedy

  • Simply apply fresh lemon juice directly on the affected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. Repeat this remedy twice daily for about two months to notice positive results. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with water, rose water or honey.
  • Another option is to mix enough sugar in lemon juice to make a paste and use it as a scrub on your face, especially on your brown spots. Finally, rinse it off after 5 to 10 minutes. Do this a few times a week. You can also add some oilve oil in this recipe.

2. Buttermilk

Buttermilk contains lactic acid that helps exfoliate the skin to remove blemishes and brown spots without drying out your skin.

  • Apply buttermilk on your brown spots using a cotton ball. Leave it on for a few minutes before washing the area with water. If you have oily skin or acne, you can also add some lemon juice to the buttermilk.
  • Another option is to mix four teaspoons of buttermilk and two teaspoons of tomato juice together and then apply this mixture on the affected skin.

Repeat either of these remedies once or twice daily until you are satisfied with the results.


3. Castor Oil

Castor oil has strong healing properties and can be used effectively to get rid of brown spots or age spots. Along with castor oil, you can use vitamin E oil, coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil to remove brown spots.

  1. Use a cotton ball to apply castor oil on the affected area.
  2. Gently massage the area for a few minutes.
  3. Leave it on for a few hours and then wash it off.
  4. Do this once in the morning and once at night to help the brown spots fade and make your skin tone even.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an effective remedy for a number of skin problems including brown spots. It will help dry out and fade the spots faster.

  • Dilute some apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water. You can also add some honey. Apply this solution on your brown spots and wash it off after a few minutes. Do this once daily for a few days or until you get positive results. You can use straight apple cider vinegar too, but it may sting.
  • Alternatively, mix one-half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a few tablespoons of orange juice. Apply it on the affected area and leave it on until it dries completely before washing it off. Repeat once or twice daily for four to five weeks.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has healing properties and aids skin regeneration. So, it is excellent for getting rid of brown spots, especially when caused by sun exposure.

  • Gently rub fresh aloe vera gel on the spots. Leave it on for about 30 minutes before washing the area with cold water. Repeat twice daily and within a month you should notice improvement.
  • If fresh aloe vera gel is not available, you can opt for aloe vera juice that you can readily buy from the market.

6. Sandalwood

Sandalwood is an anti-aging agent and an antiseptic that can helps reduce hyperpigmentation and get rid of brown spots.

  • You can make homemade pack with two tablespoons of sandalwood powder, two teaspoons of rose water, and one teaspoon each of glycerin and lemon juice. Apply this pack on the spots and allow it to dry naturally. Use cold water to wash it off. Repeat a few times a week until your brown spots disappear.
  • Another option is to add one tablespoon of orange juice, one teaspoon of lemon juice and the contents of two vitamin E capsules in two tablespoons of sandalwood powder. Mix it well and then apply it on your face. Leave it on for about half an hour before washing it off. Do this a few times a week until you see improvement.
  • Also, massage the affected area with a few drops of sandalwood oil mixed in one tablespoon of olive oil or almond oil, daily before going to bed and leave it on overnight.

How To Get Rid Of Brown Spots On Skin was last modified: September 25th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies

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109 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of Brown Spots On Skin”

  1. ya, i used lemon but not working instead growing small hair over their… any advices for removing such brown spots…

  2. I have been using Baby Oil with aloe vera already in it and I grate the skin of a lemon or two and put it in the bottle and shake it every day. I was surprised to see the dark spots on my legs slowly fading. I’m so pleased. It takes a long time, but it certainly helps one’s self confidence to see them gradually fading. However, I have read a book that says baby oil, which is mineral oil, does not go into the skin as successfully as vegetable oil, e.g. olive oil, so I’m going to try that. Also, I have tried ground liquorice root added to this mixture and that seems to be working well too. Liquorice is a natural whitener.

  3. By the way, my dermatologist suggested a chemical peel for my lower legs at great expense. You can do a chemical peel yourself on your face or legs. Just look it up on the internet. You can also buy a kit. The clinic did a patch test with laser and chemical peel. The chemical peel worked the best. Be careful and it’s better to do a weak solution first. This is a faster method than the lemon juice, and you can do it over and over again. The chemical peel is done with aspirin tablets and a couple of other ingredients that you will probably have in your cupboard. make sure you use the correct measurements as you could get a nasty burn. I can’t remember all the ingredients (about 3) unless I look it up.

  4. Brown discolorations on the skin can be from certain perfumes used and when those areas are exposed to the sun, they will turn brown. Not all perfumes will do this and it’s better to be safe than sorry, so apply perfume to areas that will not be exposed to the sun.

  5. I used lemon juice beneath my eye, It dried the skin and gave me wrinkles. I’m Just so Mad. Don’t do the lemon juice dry skin is Bad!

  6. I’m 21 and I’m breaking out in age spots , liver spots , brown spots of every kind !! I’m a lifeguard and I sit in the sun for ten hours and i put pounds of sunscreen on to prevent this but its not working !! I recently just got a brown age mark the size of a quarter on my arm and I’m planning on telling people its just a birth mark. This is not a pretty situation!!!!! HELP!! And god bless everyone with age mark situations! gotta love life!! 🙂

  7. I have got horrible brown spots on my face…below eyes and also in the nose. It seems darker outside more than inside..I feel so bad abt this..tried many remedies but failed..ryt now I’m trying sandalwood. let’s see what it shows…hope it will fee effective. Aloevera & lemon juice has made it litter bit lighter than before..but I’m not happy with the results..

  8. Go at night, go in a hot tub, to get rid of the brown dots on your hand I had them the past nights, and it got the majority of it off, but the rest use your other hand to rub it off.

  9. I’ve spent hundreds on prescriptions written by dermatologists, including very expensive ‘Blue Light’ painful treatment that promised to remove all actinic kertosis brown spots. Blue Light treatment did NOTHING to dissipate the persistent ‘masque of pregnancy’ brown splotches above my upper lip that I’ve had most of my life; I’m 65. With some time and nothing to lose, I applied ACV directly on facial brown spots, twice a day for a week. After day three it stung a lot but continued for another 4 days. Area progressed from bright red to a brown crusting over – looked very ugly. When I couldn’t stand it any longer, I let the spots heal over and stopped the ACV. It’s tempting to pick at it, but better results if, over time it slowly comes off in tiny flecks when showering. I continued to apply ACV for the next month and after about 6 months, ALL DARK SPOTS ARE GONE, and my skin looks GREAT – NO brown spots. For less than $4.00 accomplished the same as over a thousand dollars spent at dermatologist. Consult dermatologist to make sure you have nothing more severe than surface AK’s and not basal cells. Hope this is helpful! Thank you ACV blogs!!!!!

  10. What is the ACV that BB spoke about? My legs r full of brown spots and I’ve tried those laser treatments for years and nothing worked !!!! Cost me a fortune, had to stop wasting my money, Are there any oils that work?

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